Gambling King Robert Johnson “Gave” BET To Barbados And The World

Robert Johnson has created the most destructive and insidious mechanism to perpetuate the oppression of Black people since slavery. BET glamourises violence misogyny, misanthropy, greed, gluttony and sloth. it is a pox and a virus, and the minister responsible for communications in Barbados should remove it from our cable roster if he cares about our young people. Little surprise that Johnson is now involved in enterprise that will further marginalise and deprive Caribbean people of all races.

… posted by BFP reader “bling”

This comment was just posted by a reader on our article Robert Johnson Pleased To Partner With Barbados Government In New Gambling Operation.

It made me think of another recent article about our worldwide “black” culture.

Yup… it can truly be said that Mr. Johnson unified black people all over the world…

Actor Joseph Phillips Discovers The International Legacy Of American Black Culture – Zimbabwe Teens Call Each Other “Nigger”

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21 responses to “Gambling King Robert Johnson “Gave” BET To Barbados And The World

  1. J. Payne

    Whatever happend to him saying he wanted to buy the Gems of Barbados? (according to the Barbados Advocate 2001)

    Gambling. Just what Barbados needs more of. Why not hand out low intrest loans with all that money he’s got to role out more global black enterprises or hand out scholarships instead… *stupes*

  2. Yardbroom

    The use of the word n****r has unfortunately been used by groups of misguided young black people, in the rap scene. Their efforts to be seen as hip and with it, does not take into account what is felt by black children in the school playground, when such language is directed against them, by children of a different race.

    I hear today in England an English girl has been evicted from the popular Big Brother Programme for using the “N” word, when refering to a black girl on the programme. In reference it was said this word is used by rap singers to other blacks.

    Black culture is being created instantly around people who are not representative of the whole, but are able to do a lot of damage to black people and the way they are perceived in the world at large.

    This slackness, and tiresome boorishness, manifest itself in drugs, gangs, gambling and having a good time at the expense of sound family values. Black people will only achieve true independence – independence to control their lives – when their concentration is on the education of their offspring, within a stable family unit.

    We can complain as much as we like, but until we take control of our lives by forward planning, buying only what we can afford, when we can afford it, we will always live in a world of instant gratification and no long term accomplishment, in essence each new generation will always be starting from scratch.

    Disadvantaged in some instances we are, but we must exercise some responsibility in our lives for to drift without purpose, does not take us where we want to be.

    I make no statement to condemn all blacks and this should not be seen as such, but in the large cities of America, Canada and some countries in Europe a section of black society has taken it upon themselves, to live a life that does not bode well for the general black population.

    We have to grasp the nettle, take difficult decisions, suffer some difficulty in the short term, for later financial rewards, for to do otherwise is to subject future generations to a more difficult struggle, and take my word for it, it will happen in Barbados.

  3. Caan Understand

    Blacks, when you think about it are at the bottom of the social ladder.
    Whether in Africa, Europe or in the West, we are, to other races, the ‘crap’ of humanity. And that’s real. Now, that’s not how I feel about myself, but it is how other see us, and how our own, Like Mr. Johnson, sells us to the world.
    When are we going to wake up and see that after generations of slavery we are still enslaved and we need to come out of that. BET, UPN and other stations like that keep us enslaved constantly depicting that to be Ghetto, Stupid, Crunk’d etc is the way to be… Is something to be proud of. Take a look at Mr. Johnson there. Probably wearing a D&G suit and listens to Bach. Do you think that he does any of the things that he is selling to young black people? I’ll Answer. NO!!!! And we need to stop thinking that rims, ho’s,cars, cribs is where its at.
    We need to be looking at changing and challenging the law so that young black men, with promising futures are thrown in jail for 10 years, for having commited no crime. Challenge the law so that our black men are not shot in the street 45 times by one officer who goes home to his family. Challenge the laws so that our black women aren’t defamed and abused by white male officers.
    We have men and women out there who try to tell us what is going on. See the film ‘baby boy’. See the film ‘crash’. There are scores and perhaps hundreds of films out there showing us why we still need to be fighting. Some of us are sellouts and the devil will always change his appearance. Right now, he is wearing the face of the ‘distinguished black man’. Be careful and educate yourself on black history. Watch the history of black music. And when you are done watching. ACT.
    Ladies and Black men. The struggle is NOT OVER. Don’t let them tell us that it is.

  4. Anonymous

    I always thought that Black Entertainment Television was very poor material to be showing to our yutes, even if it was freely provided(I have my doubts about that,too). I used to turn off the (just-awful) audio, and check the video content…to discover the imagery is all about babes, ho’s, expensive cars, diamond-studded teeth(Class!) and diamond-studded Rolex watches, tasteless chrome rims on Bentley’s(how the factory in the UK must CRINGE!), ca$h, material stuff in general! Oh…I forgot crotch-grabbing,that’s VERY important to maintaining one’s self-esteem, twould seem.
    All in all a MOST peculiar set of “values”.
    Try it some day: turn the sound off, and just check the video portion. You’ll ‘like’ what you see!
    No wonder we have local goony-birds dressed like South-Central L.A. gangsta’s! Where are we headed? straight to inner-city decay?

  5. No-name

    I believe Bill Johnson was introduced to Owen by one of Owen’s assistant thiefs. They hung out occasionally in the boat yard with some senior members of the BCA. They had been planning this gambling thing for a while. It was always intended that the BCA and Gov’t would be the major beneficiaries.

  6. everything into focus

    I could never understand why beautiful young women would actually crawl over obese rap stars with rolls of excess blubber and lots of shallow bling bling and tasteless bangles.

    Now I know.

    eternal vigilance is the price of democracy and we have allowed these people in the front door all for the almighty dollar.

  7. Straight talk

    Interesting snippet in Johnson’s Wiki entry,
    “His private equity fund is financed partly by the Washington-based Carlyle Group”.
    It must doubly pain BFP that the man is financed by the Bin Laden family empire, and even more so for the conspiratorially-minded amongst us, their co-directors, the Bush’s.

    But we don’t want to go there, do we?

    It may be inconvenient to some people’s agenda.

  8. ILLUMINATOR

    That is very interesting if its true .Its also note worthy that many of the record companies that put out Gangsta rap and the like are owned by White run companies (Jewish ones in some cases ) , Universal for example.Is this all a coincidence , hhmmmm, somehow i doubt it .

    The struggle IS far from over. However , i believe there is far more going on than just ‘keeping the black man down’. This music is being embraced by all races, maybe its just the charismatic ,energetic black performers that have been chosen to glorify all that it stands for.

  9. reality check

    J Payne

    Not even Johnson could get an audited statement but was probably told he could buy GEMS interest free with
    no money down amd principal payments on the never never plan.

    Johnson is not stupid. Why would he buy GEMS unless it was 30 cents on the dollar and even then doubtful. How much of our NIS pension money is invested in this scam?

    Much better to take money from already overtaxed Barbadians by just splitting the winnings of slot machines with the politicos.

  10. samizdat

    “Its also note worthy that many of the record companies that put out Gangsta rap and the like are owned by White run companies (Jewish ones in some cases ) , Universal for example.Is this all a coincidence , hhmmmm, somehow i doubt it.”

    What is your point here, Illuminator?

  11. Wishing in Vain

    Dear Mr Johnson, Please let us know truthfully who are your Barbadian business partners in this venture in Barbados??
    Do the names Hallam Nicholls, Owen Arthur, and Glyne Bannister come to mind as your local partners??
    And if so what if any actual monies have they invested in this venture or have you given them money for favours ??
    Your plan to raid the island with 2,500 new slot machines is sickening when one considers that up to this time the cap on these slot machines was below 1,000 machines we are now going to enlarging it to a mammoth 3,500 to be placed in every village and every rum shop around the island thereby creating more hardships for the poor people of this land.
    You Mr Johnson, Nicholls, Arthur and Bannister surely cannot be so greedy for money to ignore the damage that these additional machines will cause to our society, if you did you would not be bringing these evils to our shores.

  12. crossroads

    Samizdat
    His point again, is that some one else is to blame for the apparent ” keeping down of the black man” I am just wondering, why I have never heard the unsuccessful poor white people blaming heavy metal or grunge rock for their failings, maybe their outlook is different. Stop with all the self pity. By the way have to agree with yardbroom today he said

    “Black people will only achieve true independence – independence to control their lives – when their concentration is on the education of their offspring, within a stable family unit.We can complain as much as we like, but until we take control of our lives by forward planning, buying only what we can afford, when we can afford it, we will always live in a world of instant gratification and no long term accomplishment, in essence each new generation will always be starting from scratch.”

    Well said.

  13. Freddie Mac

    In your assessment of Robert Johnson, you should also look at his philanthopic endeavors, the sub-prime loans and credit unions he’s created for students at predominantly african american universities, and his role as a premier african american employer.
    BET, which he no longer owns, is no better and no worse than MTV, VH1, Paramount, Comedy Central or ay other of it’s Viacom family.
    If BET was to ditch the awful late night booty videos, viewers would simply go elsewhere.
    KRS-One wasn’t kidding when he said Hip-Hop is dead.

  14. immoral justification

    Freddie Mac

    The wages of sin are the wages of sin

    I am sure there are many drug dealers on Nelson Street who firmly believe that if they didn’t sell their drugs to Barbadians someone else would. This is excellent rationalization that is fundamentally built on an immoral premise.

    I seem to remember in this blog that Matthew Kierans was pushing his environmental and philanthropic work on Fire Island in New York just so he could justify putting his waterpark in one of the most environmentally sensitive and densely inhabited areas in Barbados.

    No amount of philanthropy can undo the damage that has been placed upon a generation of young black men and women by Johnson and BET. He needs to stop inflicting pain and misery on our citizens with these addictive money grabbers.

  15. Sapidillo

    If a parent thinks that BET would warp or futher warp his/her child’s mind, then that parent should not order. If it is included with the package then BLOCK it. People should not have to be deprived to fulfil the likes/dislikes of others.

  16. ILLUMINATOR

    samizdat, all i am saying is that it may be more than just coincidence that this lifestyle is being glorified. Also , please take note of my second paragraph as regards to ‘all races ‘ . In addition there are many black people that don’t appreciate this type of music and many of other race that do . Just look at the record sales .

  17. samizdat

    “samizdat, all i am saying is that it may be more than just coincidence that this lifestyle is being glorified”

    Yes, but what are you really implying by this vague statement?

    Come on, say what you mean loud and clear, without equivocation.

  18. Caan Understand

    ILLuminator/Samizdat?

    What is the issue / point of contention here with regards to the headline about Mr. Johnson?

  19. Caan Understand

    Well said Crossroads.

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